The designers at DistinctIdentity were approached by the owners of this 1,100 sqf four-room HDB flat in Tampines which was in dire need of a makeover.Their speedy eight week job cost $45,000 to execute.
Set against a green wall is a custom-made TV console and a series of crate-like cabinets of varied heights, seemingly arbitrarily arranged. Finished in metal and wood-lookalike laminates, the cabinets house audiovisual equipment, footwear and knick-knacks.
They may be working in the banking industry, but they are goofy people, says Wolf Woof's design director, Carmen Tang, of her easygoing clients. The homeowners of this apartment wanted something fun and different, and left it to the designer to translate their personalities into a home design.
By day, first-time homeowner Sharon Tan runs Full Bleed, her small graphic design studio. By night and on weekends, she puts on an interior designer hat for her recently set up Millimetre Interiors. When she got the keys to her apartment in Tampines, it had not crossed her mind to design her own home. "But as I looked around, I realised I didn't want a home that was someone else's idea of a sanctuary," she says. "I wanted a deeply personal space, something to call my own entirely."
This apartment’s country cottage-meets-industrial style is a reflection of both the homeowners and the interior designer. Homeowners Lawrenz and Phyllis Sim knew from the start that they wanted a country cottage style for their new home.
Creating a condo look and feel for an HDB flat is a common brief that interior designers get from homeowners. Principal designer Francis Leong set out to “open up” the layout of this five-room HDB flat – putting in place a seamless flow of space from the foyer to the dining area, living room, and kitchen.
Nine koi fish swim lazily around a clear pond, accompanied by two dark and placid suckerfish moving slowly along its floor and edges.
This unit is on the ground floor of Block 415 in Tampines Street 41, a low-rise HDB flat. The outside of the unit is decorated with lush greenery, and you hear the water before you spot the "pond" – a clear blue tank with its glass walls sealed to the concrete of the steps and wall.